Peculiarities and Reticences blog is now RADICAL TOTALITY.

When I started this blog last year, at the end of Modpo 2012, I was feeling very unsure of myself in each of the creative disciplines in which I’m working. I’ve come to realize recently that although I have a great deal to learn, I am increasingly comfortable in doing the work and sharing it, and am no longer feeling “reticent.” There was a need for a change.

My Modpo ’13 last words (live webcast)

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I work in rural community health, very poor, very disadvantaged, I work in a world where people have no voice whatsoever. And a lot of the folks who are in ModPo, in their own way, have had their voices taken away from them. And one of the things that ModPo has done for me personally, as well as for a lot of people I talk to in the forums, is to give them an opportunity to have their voices back. And that is more powerful than you could ever imagine, so I wanted to thank all of you for that.

(Thank you Susan Scheid for posting the transcription).

Let’s go dance (End of ModPo ’13)

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after reading the first poem
my head went numb–
have I answered your question?
how do I get started?
a quick rough sketch, warts and all
I think you’re going to enjoy THIS–
when they were good they were incredible.

Most of us don’t sleep,
I’m pretty sure Al doesn’t.

Most of these poets would have been sent
to the Ministry of Love and vaporized,
bourgeois decadence–
degenerate art–
making sense is overrated.

What do you make of her use of windows and doors?
What else could she have meant by Paradise?
I hadn’t the slightest idea.
You’re only disqualified from the group
if you forget your towel. Don’t panic.

How would one avoid the “splinter”
that shunts the brain out of its groove?

What do you see?
Isn’t any creative work bullshit
if you look at it in a certain way?

What I assume you shall assume–
she leads her alien invasion
as Williams dances like a lunatic
and Kathleen and the baby sleeps downstairs.

I’m not a lit guy, so I don’t know.
It’s always a conversation between you and the poet
Experiment, see what works for you.

Let’s go dance in front of the mirror
but make sure you have at least
one post per week
in the poem-specific subforums.

The Balcony

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Murder souvenirs, mattress of mattresses,
O toy, two mess pleasures! O toy, two mess devours
tooty rappellers, the beauty of caresses,
The deuce or the deuce do, foyer and the charm day sores,
Murder souvenirs, mattress of mattresses!

The sores illuminate the ardor of carbon,
and the sores and the balcony- Voila! The vapor roses.
What tone sane matey do! What tone car matey bone!
News have endings remembering the impossible choices.

The sores illuminate the ardor of carbon,
What the suns are- pretty in the showed soirées!
What space is profound! What? the car is piss-ant!
In my penchant for you, rain days adored,
I cry breathing the detonating perfume.
What the suns are- pretty in the showed soirées!

The nuts say “buy sis, hey!” antsy queuing cloy sun,
and my eyes dance the night divining the prunes,
and I, poofy town souffle, O deucer! O poison!
Eat your feet, send dormie-end down my main fraternals,
The nuts say “buy sis, hey!” antsy queuing cloy sun,

I know the art of evoking the minutes here, ruses,
and revise my passé blotting Dante’s genu,
Car aqua bong looking for the langorous beauties,
Aileron Canton Share Corps and Canton carsick dew?
I know the art of evoking the minutes here, ruses,

Say sermons! Say perfumes! Say infinite basers!
Reborn ill dune goofy interdict a nose sounds
Common tent of the sky the suns make young again
After being leaves I found daymares profound?
O sermons! O perfumes! O infinite basers!

Because

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because today is Thursday, the same as Friday
because is redundant and should be avoided
because he was ill
because of, by reason of, due to
because he was tired
because the world is round it turns me on
because that in it he had rested from all his work
because im addicted
because meaning and more
because I said so
because of you
because we are
because I said I would
because he breathes
because it allows us to promote our games
because we can
because having a disability does not mean I lack ability
because the wind is high it blows my mind

Do not paint over this plate

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When this siren sounds
     after steering station
           take control

when all men are clear
    of door pull
           handle and hold

when door is closed
    pull handle in
           direction of arrow





be alert for unusual conditions





naked lights
    matches
          lighters
                remedy defects immediately

other flame producing apparatus
    know the safety devices in this station
          caution is always necessary

do not alter any
    fit in
          gun and other appliances

station safety devices
    handle ammunition
          as little as possible

particular attention
    kept securely closed
          prohibited in this station





they are in operation at all times





when door is closed
    pull handle in
          direction of arrow

When this siren sounds
    after steering station
          take control

when all men are clear
    of door pull
          handle and hold

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When all men are clear

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When all men are clear of door
pull handle and hold
when all men are clear pull handle
when all men are clear
all men pull handle
pull handle and hold
when all men are clear
all men are clear pull handle
pull handle and hold
handle and hold
hold hands when all men are clear
handle hold handle pull and hold
when all men are clear
all men pull handle all men hold hands
all men are clear pull handle and clear
all men are clear when door is closed
all men in direction of arrow
when door is closed
when all men are clear
in direction clear, all men
all men are clear in direction of arrow
all men is a closed door
pull handle and hold
when all men are clear of door
pull handle and hold
when door is closed
turn handle in
direction of arrow